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Biz Buzz: Applebee’s of Napa to host Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics on Sept. 6
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and local law enforcement at the Napa Police Department will host a Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics of Northern California.
On Thursday, Sept. 6, local law enforcement officials will serve as “celebrity waiters” at Applebee’s from 5 to 9 p.m., and 100 percent of their tips will be donated directly to the Special Olympics.
Applebee’s of Napa is located at 195 Soscol Ave.
Biz Buzz: Elkadi named new deputy executive director at Ontario airport
Atif Elkadi, a Napa native, has been named deputy executive director of the Ontario International Airport.
He has a master's degree in communication management from the USC, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Cal Poly SLO.
Biz Buzz: Raley’s launches new pharmacy mobile app
Raley’s launches new pharmacy mobile app
Raley’s announced a partnership with mscripts to integrate its mobile pharmacy solutions with a new Raley’s Pharmacy app, Rx Refill On-The-Go.
The new tool will support text notifications when a prescription is ready for pick up and a refill is due to be ordered, and a mobile and web app for customers to manage prescriptions for family members and themselves.
The new pharmacy app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Biz Buzz: Pacific Union International names Russum to lead St. Helena office
Pacific Union International names Russum to lead St. Helena office
Olin Russum has been named regional executive at Pacific Union International’s St. Helena office.
Russum comes to the position with “a deep history of building strong sales teams with Ricoh America, working with Fortune 500 corporations including Google and Gap Industries, and experience in the real estate industry in mortgage services and as a Bay Area real estate professional,” said a news release.
Russum lives in Napa.
Geitner and Meyer join Vintage Wealth Advisors
Vintage Wealth Advisors announced that Michael Geitner and Amanda Meyer have joined its team.
Geitner has joined the Napa office as a wealth advisor. Geitner has been in the financial services for the past 10 years and will concentrate on financial planning, insurance services and 401(k) plans.
Meyer is responsible for assisting the team’s wealth advisors, reviewing and preparing client documents and additional administrative duties.
John Cordeiro is the president of the firm.
Info: vintage-wealth.com, 707-492-5100
Davis Taylor named interim publisher of Napa Valley Publishing
Davis J. Taylor has been named interim publisher of Napa Valley Publishing, which includes the Napa Valley Register, St. Helena Star, Weekly Calistogan and American Canyon Eagle, among other publications and services.
Taylor, 69, is currently the publisher of Lee Central California Newspapers, based in Hanford. He will continue in that job while Napa Valley Publishing searches for a permanent replacement for former Publisher Brenda Speth, who left in July.
He has 31 years of media experience, including sales and marketing executive positions at the Oakland Tribune and Media News Group, San Jose Mercury News and Harte-Hanks Communications. Before joining Lee Central California Newspapers, he was sales and marketing director for the Gannett-owned Times-Delta Media Group in Visalia and directed national, local and target marketing sales teams at The Seattle Times.
“We’re figuring out a sustainable business model and new ways of relating to our communities; that makes this an exciting time to be in the business,” he told California Publisher magazine shortly after joining Lee Enterprises. “It’s especially exciting to be working in small community media, which is undergoing a rebirth right now.”
Taylor and his wife, Vanessa, live in Visalia, though he intends to be active in the Napa community during this period. As publisher, he has served on the boards of Kings Economic Development Corporation, Kings Partnership for Prevention and Main Street Hanford, and was a member of Hanford Sunset Rotary.
Napa Valley Publishing says it intends to name a permanent publisher in Napa later this year.
Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information, and a major platform for advertising, in its markets, with 46 daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 22 states.
Biz Buzz: Dutch Bros Napa raises more than $1,100 for Relay for Life
Dutch Bros Napa helped support the fight against cancer by raising $1,109 for Relay for Life. The location donated $1 from every drink sold on Thursday, July 26 to the American Cancer Society, which is dedicated to saving lives, celebrating life and leading the fight for a world without cancer.
“Almost everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer,” said Alyssa Wheeler, manager of Dutch Bros Napa. “We’re so grateful to be able to help in the fight against this terrible disease and so proud of our customers for taking part in this fundraiser.”
Biz Buzz: Calistoga's Francis House wins preservation design award
The historic Francis House of Calistoga has received a 2018 Preservation Design award from the California Preservation Foundation.
Initially a family home for prominent local merchant James H. Francis, Calistoga’s Francis House was built in 1886 and is being converted into a five-room luxury inn by owners Dina and Richard Dwyer.
The award will be presented in October in Los Angeles.
The Inn will open at the end of August and already has more than a dozen reservations. Rates start at about $500 per night.
This is the building’s third incarnation. From 1919 to 1946, it was converted into the Calistoga Hospital. After that, changes in ownership, natural disasters and the passing of time contributed to the fading of the property. It was closed down by the state of California in 1965 and has remained vacant ever since.
In the 1970s, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Biz Buzz: Lee Enterprises reports continued digital ad growth
Lee Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the Napa Valley Register, and a provider of local news, information and advertising in 49 markets, reported earnings of $4.8 million for its third fiscal quarter ended June 24, 2018, or 8 cents per diluted common share.
For the same quarter a year ago, earnings totaled $6.3 million, or 11 cents per diluted common share. Excluding the adjustment related to the change in fair value of the stock warrants, adjusted earnings per diluted common share totaled 7 cents in both the current year quarter and 5 cents in the prior year quarter.
"We are pleased that the positive momentum on the revenue side continued into the third quarter," said Kevin Mowbray, president and CEO.
"Revenue trends were driven by strong performance from local advertisers — including digital, a 14.4 percent increase in programmatic advertising, subscription revenue growth and revenue gains from TownNews.com," said Mowbray.
"Digital advertising revenue increased 4.7 percent and represented 33.7 percent of total advertising revenue for the quarter," Mowbray added. "Subscription revenue increased 1.6 percent in the quarter through our premium content offerings and acquisitions in the prior year. Total revenue decreased 4.8 percent in the third quarter compared to the same quarter in 2017," Mowbray said.
Biz Buzz: Storage by George announces 340 new storage units in Napa
Storage by George in Napa announced the opening of 340 new self-storage units for personal and commercial use.
The facility, located at 1135 Golden Gate Drive, offers a range of unit sizes, from 5 by 5 feet to 12 by 30 feet, said a news release.
All units are located on the ground level, with a large number of climate-controlled units, regulated between 55 and 80 degrees.
"These specially designed units are ideal for furnishings, art work, fabrics and inventory requiring a constant temperature range," said a news release.
Storage By George is located near the intersection of Highways 29 and 121 and has driveways that accommodate large moving vans.
In addition to standard self-storage units, the facility offers temperature and humidity-controlled buildings designed for 300 case wine lockers and storage capacity for 500 pallets of wine.
Biz Buzz: Redwood Credit Union collects $1,800 at Napa Shred-a-Thon
More than 600 Napa residents took action to protect themselves from financial fraud by shredding old financial records and other paperwork at Redwood Credit Union’s (RCU’s) free annual Shred-a-Thon, held on July 21.
Sixteen RCU volunteers and four shredding trucks from Shred-IT were onsite to help residents safely dispose of and recycle approximately 30,000 pounds of paper, said a news release.
RCU also collected $1,800 in monetary donations at the event to benefit Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center.
Biz Buzz: Porter Gilley joins Alpha Omega
Alpha Omega has hired Lisa Porter Gilley as its director of strategic partnerships.
Porter Gilley will identify, develop and manage partnerships designed to introduce new luxury wine customers to the Baggetts’ three brands: Alpha Omega, Tolosa in Edna Valley and Perinet in Spain’s Priorat region.
Porter Gilley comes to Alpha Omega from a vice-president position at Robb Report luxury magazine.
Biz Buzz: Pyrce named director of marketing at Thornhill Companies
The Thornhill Companies named Philip Pyrce of Napa as director of marketing.
Pyrce brings over 20 years of marketing experience to Thornhill. After receiving an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Pyrce began his marketing career with Unilever in Chicago.
Pyrce previously held senior marketing roles with Terlato, Treasury and Guarachi Wine Partners.
The Thornhill Companies is the umbrella brand of one of California’s longtime winemaking families, the Miller Family, who have been farming the Central Coast for five generations.
Biz Buzz: Kalifornia Jean Bar opens at First Street Napa
First Street Napa, a 325,000-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Napa, announced the opening of Kalifornia Jean Bar’s first Bay Area location at 1234 First St.. It is adjacent to the forthcoming Napastäk Napa Valley and the entrance of Archer Hotel Napa.
"Kalifornia Jean Bar features the latest California fashions for men and women, offering the best premium brands for denim, tops and accessories," said a news release.
Kalifornia Jean Bar first opened in 2005 in Reno’s Midtown district.
The Kalifornia Jean Bar at First Street Napa will carry an assortment of brands including Citizens of Humanity, Moussy, Adaptation, Rag & Bone, Goldsign, Paige, Aviator Nation, Spiritual Gangster, Tee Lab, NSF, L’Agence, Xirena and Free City.
Biz Buzz: Rios earns promotion
Citlalie “Star” Rios of American Canyon has been promoted to store protection specialist at Ross Dress for Less in Gateway Plaza, Vallejo after only nine days of working as a store clerk.
Rios has also been working as building monitor for more than one year for the Parks and Recreation Department of the city of American Canyon.
Biz Buzz: Gaebe joins Harvest Inn
Steve Gaebe has been named director of sales and marketing at Harvest Inn.
Gaebe brings more than 12 years of hospitality experience, spanning roles in Santa Barbara and the Napa Valley, to his current position as director of sales and marketing at Harvest Inn. Gaebe joined the St. Helena-based resort in April.
Gaebe previously worked as the group sales manager for Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, and then as senior sales manager for The Estate Yountville, working with Hotel Villagio and Vintage House.
Biz Buzz: Pastrana named event manager at Silverado Vineyards
Silverado Vineyards appointed Brianna Pastrana as the winery's event manager.
She will be responsible for the winery's special event program, which ranges from large group tastings and private events to joint events.
Pastrana comes to Silverado after working for wineries in France and Italy and various regions in California before settling in the Bay Area. She attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Ariz. Most recently, at Vineyard 29, Pastrana specialized in event management.
Biz Buzz: Bast joins Homebridge Napa branch
John Bast, a mortgage industry professional with more than 40 years of experience, recently joined Homebridge Financial Services, Inc. in its growing branch in Napa.
A Northern California native, Bast joins Homebridge as a reverse mortgage specialist.
Prior to joining Homebridge, Bast held numerous leadership roles in the financial sector with some of the region’s top mortgage lenders. He is a graduate of Sonoma State University.
Homebridge is one of the largest privately held mortgage lenders in the United States.
Info: 707-934-8994, John.Bast@homebridge.com
Biz Buzz: Morgan Stanley forms Napa Harvest Group
Morgan Stanley forms Napa Harvest Group
Morgan Stanley announced the formation of the Napa Harvest Group, led by John Zimmerman, senior vice president, wealth advisor, CFP, Mark North, first vice president, financial advisor, CFP and Zach Taylor, financial advisor, CFP, in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Napa.
Zimmerman, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 1969, is a native of Sonoma. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of San Francisco. Zimmerman lives in Napa.
North, with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2001, is a native of Morristown, N.J.. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Hartford. North also lives in Napa.
Taylor, with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2016, is a native of Paso Robles. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Union College. Taylor also lives in Napa.
The Napa Harvest Group is located at 700 Main St., Suite 315 in Napa.
Info: morganstanley.com, 707-254-4408